28 October 2016

Underlying macroeconomic uncertainty and geopolitical tensions continued to contribute to client risk aversion and generally low transaction volumes. Lower than anticipated and negative interest rates still present considerable headwinds. These conditions are unlikely to change in the foreseeable future. Implementing Switzerland’s new bank capital standards and the proposed further changes to the international regulatory framework for banks will result in increasing capital requirements and costs. UBS is well positioned to deal with these challenges and to benefit from even a moderate improvement in market conditions. We remain committed to executing our strategy with discipline.